Engagement Coordinator, Climate Resilience Practice

Administrative Support Washington, DC, United States

This is a one-year limited term position

Job Summary

In this role, you will play an essential part in CRP’s efforts to engage diverse stakeholders to raise ambition for adaptation and translate commitments into action. You will organize events that provide a forum for developed and developing countries to share knowledge and best practice on local, regional and global solutions to deal with climate change, and serve as a focal point for engagement with a diverse set of partners. This role will also entail providing engagement, outreach and communications support to a related initiative focused on locally led adaptation. You will assist with executing an engagement strategy, which includes organizing virtual events; providing recommendations for and securing speakers, agendas, and event formats; developing and assisting with communications and promotion; managing invitations and RSVPs; creating target lists of invitees for these; and managing the logistics of registration, promoting events, and curating outreach and engagement of partners.

You will also play an essential role in CRP’s efforts to build a climate risk assessment tool for agricultural supply chains, with initial case studies in India and Colombia. You will assist researchers in organizing stakeholder consultations, liaising across multiple WRI initiatives including Resource Watch and with on-the-ground agricultural partners to co-create a beta-platform on value chain climate risk, and drafting terms of reference for regional subcontracts. This will also include conducting rapid research as needed to inform project development and implementation and providing internal and external communications support as needed.

Ideally, you will have experience working in an administrative capacity in a fast-paced environment, and a demonstrated interest in climate change and / or international development. You will liaise with staff throughout WRI and should be able to competently manage relationships and shifting priorities.

This position is remote due to Covid-19, but you will be based in Washington, DC when the office reopens.

Job Responsibilities

Engagement and Events Organization (50%)

  • Organize virtual and in-person international events, including routine monthly and quarterly meetings, workshops, webinars, seminars, high-level meetings, and conferences
  • Schedule internal and external meetings, manage speaker invitations and RSVPs, collect agenda inputs, take and share notes, and track action items
  • Day-of support for routine meetings and key events, including teleconference and televideo systems and conference room set-up, as well as note taking and distribution
  • Support and expand constituent management system, including data entry, record analysis, and reporting (Salesforce)
Administrative Support (30%)
  • Procure and oversee relevant events-related contracts and services (venues, translation, printing, catering, etc.)
  • Book travel and process expense reimbursements for staff and external partners
  • Support ongoing efforts to maintain and improve CRP’s administrative systems and processes
  • Assist in knowledge management of digital files, cloud storage, intranet, Editorial Manager and SharePoint systems
Communications (20%)
  • Coordinate, write and edit communication products, such as targeted emails, regular email updates and newsletters, event pages and descriptions, speaker bios, and social media content, in close collaboration with WRI communications staff
  • Prepare slides, presentations, and other materials for engagement and outreach activities
  • Conduct limited research and fact-finding as needed to support engagement and communications duties
  • Assist with knowledge product revisions
Job Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree, preferably in a relevant field such as international relations, political science, communications, or environmental science/studies
  • Minimum of 1 year of experience, including cumulative internship and part-time experience, preferably in NGO setting and/or in communications, international development, or environmental field
  • Self-motivated with an ability to juggle multiple priorities, handle assignments independently, and work under tight deadlines
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Willingness to learn
  • Effective communicator and excellent writing skills
  • Fluency in English essential; additional languages (Spanish, French, Hindi, Arabic, etc.) a plus
  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule to manage virtual events across time zones
  • Interest in environmental issues and in non-profit management
  • Experience and/or strong understanding of climate or environmental impacts on vulnerable groups a plus
  • US work authorization needed for this position
Potential Salary

$46,000 - $60,000 per year.
Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors.

How to Apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter with your application.

Program Overview

WRI’s Climate Resilience Practice (CRP, located in the Governance Center) seeks to incentivize and support actions that enhance resilience to the impacts of climate change – in a manner that promotes long-term sustainability and gender and social equity. We help countries integrate, or mainstream, adaptation into their development and sector planning (including budgeting) and implementation. We also help countries understand whether, when and where transformative approaches to adaptation may be needed to better manage the significant, systemic adaptations that will be needed in some circumstances. In the US and across the world, communities of color are disproportionally affected by issues related to climate change and environmental degradation. Yet, action and support are not happening at the pace required and the environmental space addressing these issues remains dominated by white voices. WRI is creating access and opportunity to harness the power, creativity, and innovation of diversity by increasing representation of Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) in the environmental space. We need a diverse set of voices to solve climate change and that begins with you.

WRI Overview

World Resources Institute  (WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being. We are working to address seven critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade in order to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean.

We are passionate. We value our diversity of interests, skills and backgrounds. We have a flexible work environment. And we share a common goal to catalyze change that will improve the lives of people. Our shared ideals are at the core of our approach. They include: integrity, innovation, urgency, independence and respect.

The foundation of our work is delivering high-quality research, data, maps and analysis to solve the world’s greatest environment and international development challenges , and improve people’s lives. We work with leaders in government, business and civil society to drive ambitious action and create change on the ground. Equally important, we bring together partners to develop breakthrough ideas and scale-up solutions for far-reaching, enduring impact.
We have been growing rapidly: our staff has doubled in size over the past 5 years and our operating budget is now $150 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of 1,000+ people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices in Africa  ,  Brazil  , China  ,  Europe  ,  India  ,  Indonesia  ,  Mexico and the United States as well as a growing presence in other countries and regions.  

WRI is committed to advancing gender and social equity for human well-being in our mission and applies this principle to our organizational and programmatic practices.